Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Maria João Rosa

Maria João Rosa
Head of Unit
Phone: 218 443 625

Professional Situation

  • Head of the Urban Water Unit
  • Coordinator of the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory, LNEC EM Testing and Metrology
  • Senior Researcher

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 1995 – PhD Chemical Engineering (4 years), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL), Portugal.
  • 1989 – Graduation (Dipl. Ing.) in Chemical Engineering (5 years), IST/UTL, Portugal.

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Jan/2015 – … - Head of the Urban Water Unit (NES) – DHA/LNEC
  • Mar/2014 – … - Coordinator of the Water Quality and Treatment Laboratory, LNEC EM Testing and Metrology
  • Dec/2006 – … - Senior researcher – LNEC, DHA/NES
  • Jun/2005-Dec/2006 – Associate Professor – University of Algarve
  • Fev/1997-Mai/2005 – Assistant Professor – University of Algarve

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Drinking water quality and treatment
  • Wastewater treatment and water reclamation and reuse
  • Advanced technologies (membrane filtration, adsorption, hybrid processes, flotation, oxidation)
  • Performance indicators and indices for water and wastewater treatment plants (WTPs/WWTPs), energy efficiency of WTPs/WWTPs
  • Control of emerging contaminants, cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, pharmaceutical compounds, natural organic matter and disinfection by-products.

Activity Developed

  • Vice-President of APESB – Portuguese Association for Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (2015 - …; 2007-2011)
  • Editor of "Águas & Resíduos” journal (2016-…)
  • Member of the Management Committee of IWA Water Reuse Specialist Group (2008 - …)
  • Member of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2016 - …)
  • Portuguese delegate of ISO TC282 – Water Reuse (2014-…; ISO/PC253 em 2010-2013)
  • President of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2011 - 2016)
  • Portuguese expert/delegate of ISO/TC282 – Water Reuse (2010 - …)
  • Member of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2016 - …)
  • President of SC3/CT90 (Water reuse/Urban water systems) (2011-2016)
  • Member of the IWA Water Reuse Specialist Group (2008 - …)
  • Member of the Management Committee of IWA Water Reuse Specialist Group (2008 - 2017)
Led 31 projects and participated in other 20 projects (national and international), e.g.:
  • 2017-2019. iEQTA: National Initiative for Energy, Water Quality and Treatment (Coordinator)
  • 2016-2019. LIFE Impetus: Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants (Coordinator)
  • 2017-2018. LIS-Water – Lisbon International Centre for Water (H2020 Teaming), a centre of excellence on public policies, regulation and management of water services and resources (core team member)
  • 2013-2016. LIFE HyMemb: Tailoring hybrid membrane processes for sustainable drinking water production (Coordinator)
  • 2012-2016. LIFE aWARE - Innovative hybrid MBR-(PAC-NF) systems to promote water reuse (Task Leader)
  • 2011-2014. TRUST FP7  In charge of LNEC role in WWTP performance assessment (action 43.3) and Pilot demonstration of ceramic microfiltration for water reclamation (action 44.2)

Scientific Orientation

  • Post-Doctoral fellows: 7 (43 ongoing)
  • Staff Mobility for Training: 1
  • PhD theses: 7 concluded, 2 ongoing
  • Visiting PhD students: 1
  • Master Theses: 5 concluded
  • Graduation theses and trainees: 50 concluded
  • Project research grants: +684 person*month (Oct 2018)

Relevant Publications

496+ publications (h-index 20).

Other scientific and technical Activities

  • Member of PhD (19) and MSc (10) evaluation panels and 4 PhD advisory boards
  • Referee for 24 ISI journals
  • Session Chairperson and member of the Scientific Board of national (e.g. ENASB) and international congresses (e.g. IWA World Water Congress, IWA REUSE, SILUBESA)
  • Member of FCT evaluation panels for PhD (2011-2013, 2018) and Post-doc Grants’ funding (2011-2013)
  • Member of evaluation panels for international projects’ funding (Norway, France)
  • Member of the Jury of the Portuguese annual awards on service quality of water, wastewater and wastes utilities (2011-2015)
  • Coordination and teaching of short courses (7-21 h) on water quality and treatment held at LNEC, in companies and abroad

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